Jeremy Bonderman hasn’t pitched since posting a 5.53 ERA in 171 innings for the Tigers in 2010, sitting out all of last season when a deal with the Indians fell through, but apparently he’s eying a comeback … in 2013.
Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Bonderman underwent elbow reconstruction surgery today “with the intent of working his way back to the big leagues next spring.”
Bonderman is still just 29 years old, but he hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since way back in 2006. Since then he has a 5.19 ERA in 427 innings.
Plenty of bad pitchers are able to snag minor-league contracts with spring training invitations every season and in Bonderman’s case at least he’s a former first-round pick with some good big-league work under his belt, but after two full seasons off he’ll be a major long shot to crack an Opening Day roster.
The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”
Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.
If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.